A growing world confrontation is roaring onto the political and economic scene. Not a day goes by without the corporate media in the U.S. carrying totally distorted and negative news attacks on the People’s Republic of China.Republicans and Democrats are trading barbs over who is “soft” on China. Business contracts and major trade deals are ruptured. Long-established science collaborations and academic and art exchanges are being unilaterally cancelled.Eight tons of medical supplies donated to Greece by the Chinese government arrive in Athens on March 21.All this confirms a growing anti-China consensus in the U.S. corporate ruling class.the COVID crisis has made it clear to millions that the U.S. government is not just incompetent. It is actually incapable of solving the problems confronting not only the U.S. but the entire world.The COVID-19 pandemic puts the source of contention into sharp relief. The struggle is about much more than two contending nation states or two great powers, as many commentators claim. At the same time, the contradiction that cannot be resolved is between a globalized world economy and the still existing but archaic capitalist system, based on the private expropriation of wealth and resources. The relentless drive of capitalism to reap a profit from every type of human interaction now stands exposed as the greatest danger to the people of the whole planet. Cooperation is a threatU.S. capitalism has no effective way of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, even at home. This is a very public humiliation. It is also incapable of offering leadership to its imperialist allies or to the developing countries it has long dominated.The narrow for-profit constraints of capitalism, the absolute need to maximize profits in order for the system to survive, make global cooperation impossible and deeply threatening.U.S. imperialism has no solutions to two overwhelming problems: a capitalist economic crash and a public health disaster. The largest capitalist economic crisis in 90 years has shut down industries and services, leaving nearly 39 million, as of May 25, officially unemployed.Capitalist economic crashes have been part of an inevitable cycle for the past 300 years. In today’s thoroughly globalized economy, a cyclical crash can upend the lives and security of millions overnight. China has been able to avoid these cyclical crises, but you wouldn’t know that here. Its success is obscured by a barrage of attacks claiming to value freedom over dictatorship.Democrats blame Republicans for the economic crash here, and vice versa. But both political parties and their talking heads understand that the competitive for-profit system itself must not be blamed. That could lead to revolutionary conclusions.The U.S. now has the world’s highest number of COVID-19 fatalities, almost 100,000, as of May 25. China, with four times the population, has had fewer than 5,000 fatalities. (worldometers.info/coronavirus/#news) This stands as a monumental indictment of the capitalist system, which is of course ignored in the corporate media.China’s response exposes U.S. failureThe chaotic disorganization in the U.S. and the inability to test the population, even five months after the virus started to spread, expose the fragmented and competitive infrastructure.Searing images are not easily erased: medical staff pleading for personal protective equipment in desperate job actions on YouTube videos and GoFundMe sites, while wearing rain ponchos, garbage bags, bandanas and shower caps; overwhelmed hospitals, exhausted staff and refrigerated trucks full of bodies.By contrast, China, still a developing country and hit first by the virus, has exhibited an orderly, scientific and highly organized response on a national scale. The whole country shut down, practicing social distancing and strict health protocols. At the same time, tons of equipment and thousands of medical personnel, outfitted head–to–toe in protective medical gear, were rushed to Wuhan.Food distribution, orderly shopping, a guaranteed income and a freeze on all rent and credit card payments were immediately instituted. Free national health care already existed. Massive national testing produced immediate results.Next, China sent hundreds of plane loads of medical equipment to every country in Africa and throughout Asia. Essential supplies were also shipped to Europe and the U.S.And the U.S. government? At the very moment when appeals for human solidarity and cooperation were being made, Washington was instead hijacking and redirecting supplies from countries it had put under sanctions.In other places where building socialism is the goal — including Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela and even the state of Kerala in India — a mobilized population has proven the best protection against the virus and kept casualties very low.Competition at all costsThe U.S. failure to adequately test the population represents a failure of a system. The U.S. has no national health care system. Medical care is generally provided on a for-profit basis, from giant hospital groups to pharmaceuticals, labs and urgent care centers. State and city agencies were already gutted of funds. In the past decade, many social services have been privatized and contracted out to private corporations.The World Health Organization had offered a mass-produced and easily available test kit, used by more than 153 countries. But instead, the production of kits was given to private U.S. labs, which bid for lucrative contracts to make millions of kits. Many of them were defective. The whole campaign, which lacked any cohesive plan, was plagued with errors.As a result, the U.S. still has one of the lowest rates of testing of any impacted country. This has hampered the ability to get accurate information on the spread of the coronavirus.Because the U.S. lacks a national health care system, the reporting of local test results to state and national databases is still in complete disarray. The same thing is true of treatment plans and allocating scarce medical supplies.The world epicenter of the virus became New York, a financial and media center and the largest city of U.S. imperialism. This made the medical chaos impossible to ignore. Now it is spreading across the country and is far from controlled.As university labs try to fill the gap and help produce test kits, they run into a wall. Hospital systems and health insurance conglomerates are locked into exclusive contracts with giant private labs like LabCorp and Quest, which use competing and often incompatible software programs. It is almost impossible to enter a test result that is out of the network. (New York Times, May 21)The racist and arrogant Trump administration is not the only cause of the COVID-19 fiasco. State governors, city mayors, Democrats and Republicans[,] are trapped in a tangle of conflicting regulations, competing lobbyists, exclusive contracts and unconnected platforms. Even arriving at a consistent and timely count of the number of positive tests and soaring fatalities is still impossible.Hunger growsMore than two months ago, a bipartisan $2.2 trillion stimulus package was hammered out in Congress. Great promises were made of relief for workers and small businesses. But it turns out that only 4 percent of the “stimulus” is for working people. Moreover, migrants, prisoners and homeless people receive nothing.The $367 billion promised to small businesses to stay afloat was immediately grabbed by large corporations. At the same time, trillions of federal dollars are being pumped into the stock market in a desperate attempt to revive it.Millions who qualify for the meager funds are still jumping through bureaucratic hurdles — online forms, crashing databases and understaffed phones — trying to receive what they were promised.Meanwhile, there are no plans to address the most glaring problem: hunger. Food lines stretch for blocks, and food pantries are completely overwhelmed.It is estimated that more than 2 million people in New York City go hungry — a quarter of the population. In the Bronx, it’s even worse: One-third are hungry. A patchwork of over 1,000 emergency food programs, including soup kitchens, food pantries and bag lunches provide limited and uncoordinated relief. Spreading COVID globallyCapitalism intentionally breaks down social cohesion. Mass mobilizations, unions and community self-control organizations are a threat to exploitation. Police repression and racism are an essential part of the fabric of this society, used like Krazy Glue to forcibly hold together a crumbling system.Even entirely reasonable solutions, such as the immediate release of prisoners from overcrowded prisons and detention centers, have been stalemated. Despite national campaigns, car caravans and tens of thousands of petitions and phone calls on the danger of prisons and detention centers spreading COVID-19, the prison population has stayed basically the same.But migrant detention centers are being emptied in a way that spreads the virus globally. Although international air traffic is almost shut down, forcible deportations have been made even to countries that have closed their borders to slow the spread of the virus.The Trump administration threatens sanctions against Central American countries that refuse to accept nationals who test positive. He is accused of willfully spreading the disease to Central America through deportations. (Salon, April 19) Military planning goes onThis decaying imperialist system does make plans. They are focused on elaborate, high-tech military preparations, new missiles, aircraft carriers, supersonic jets and building new bases. This is enormously profitable for the largest U.S. corporations — the military-industrial complex and oil giants that are linked to the largest banks.Hostility to China is lucrative for these corporations. Their lobbyists, even in the midst of a pandemic, are demanding new funds and more plans.The U.S. ruling circles have always been hostile to the revolution that transformed China and broke neocolonial domination. Their hope was that capitalist penetration of China would overturn this accomplishment. Now that their hopes of regaining control of China’s enormous market are fading, the threat of war is growing.Beginning in 2010, the Obama-Clinton “pivot to Asia” signaled a determination to reassert U.S. dominance. The plan was to surround China with reinvigorated military alliances and new batteries of missiles. There was bipartisan consensus from the beginning to increase naval confrontation in the South China Sea and heightened subversion from Hong Kong to Xinjiang, while stoking a trade war. Endless commentators have described this as the new Cold War.The Pentagon’s recent announcements of new nuclear tests, mass production of thousands of hypersonic nuclear missiles and U.S.-commanded war games in Europe and the Pacific are an ominous escalation.In reality, it is a conflict created by an outmoded and decaying capitalist system that is confronting a new form of social cooperation and collective ownership that is just beginning to unfold — socialism. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law to go further SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria RSF_en Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists February 3, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Syria Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today condemned the three-year prison sentence imposed yesterday by the state security court on journalism student Massoud Hamid, a member of Syria’s Kurdish minority who was found guilty of “belonging to a secret organisation” and “trying to attach part of Syria’s territory to a third country.”Calling for his immediate release, the organisation said “the trial was completely unwarranted as he was just exercising his right to circulate information freely on the Internet.” Hamid has already spent more than 14 months in prison, “The severity of the sentence shows the Syrian authorities want to gag the press in flagrant violation of the international treaties they have signed,” Reporters Without Borders added.Aged 29 and in his second year of journalism school, Hamid was arrested during an exam at Damascus university on 24 July 2003, a month after posting photographs of a peaceful Kurdish demonstration outside UNICEF headquarters in Damascus on www.amude.com, a Kurdish-language site based in Germany. The demonstrators were demanding respect for the civil and political rights of Syria’s Kurdish population. Following his arrest, Hamid was detained in Adra prison near Damascus where he was reportedly subjected to mistreatment.Internet access is limited to a privileged minority in Syria. The authorities filter online content and monitor e-mail closely. At least one other person is currently in prison for posting information online or just e-mailing content taken from a banned site. News Receive email alerts October 11, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three years in prison for Kurdish journalism student who posted photos on website News March 12, 2021 Find out more March 8, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Journalism student Massoud Hamid was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison for allegedly “trying to attach part of Syria’s territory to a third country.” All he did was to post photos of a peaceful demonstration outside UNICEF headquarters in Damascus on a Kurdish-language site.
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11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Top of the News Make a comment Business News More Cool Stuff Erstwhile podcast star and Arcadia native Phil Hendrie.“Hi everybody, it’s Phil Hendrie. All of the voices you hear on the show today will be voiced by me, performed by me, some of them might be getting by me,….Here’s the show.” ~ Phil HendrieWith that, another Phil Hendrie podcast begins. For the uninitiated, this is a place where the absurd is as common as breakfast, where reason is always on a break, where anger lies just underneath the pool of silliness, and where you are always thisclose to spitting out your coffee through your nose.The basic idea is this: Imagine a morning radio talk show where the host, the guests, the panel of experts, the regular callers, even the security guy, are all the same person. In fact, close your eyes for a moment as you listen and the characters vividly come to life in your mind’s eye. There’s erstwhile entertainment reporter/ singer Margaret Gray, irascible military man General Gaylen Shaw, show producer/biker Bud Dickman, and security guard Robert Leonard, each of them just a gentle nudge from pushing someone down a flight of stairs.But we’ll get to that.For now, Hendrie is seated in a booth in a Ventura seafood taco joint on a brisk December afternoon, remembering his days growing up in nearby Arcadia and haunts in Pasadena. Our conversation is rapid-fire, between bites of food, with subjects flying and changing left and right, like two old friends who have much to catch up on.Hendrie recalled attending Pasadena’s La Salle High School, before it was a coed school, as well as Arcadia High School.“La Salle is where I formed my most lasting friendships, there and at Holy Angels,” he said, beginning a frontal assault on a basket of three fish tacos. (“No avocado, please. Too bulky.”)“It was a great school in the late 60s in America, a liberal Catholic school in the midst of whatever else was happening in Pasadena then. It had modular scheduling, so we could pick our own schedules. There were some days I only had two classes, like college.“And there was a lot of liberal thought going on there, greatly influenced by what was going on in America. We were the new generation, and the brothers at the school really looked at us with bemusement, thinking “this is what we’re training them to be.”Hendrie remembers a creative writing class held at the brothers’ residence, with “fifteen of us guys, at eight in the morning, sitting around smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee with Brother Kevin! We talked writers, we talked literature, and we wrote,” he said.Still too young to own a car, and living between the homes of his divorced parents, Hendrie and his buddies hung out in Pasadena, and Hendrie would often make the long ride on his bike down from Huntington Drive to Colorado Boulevard to visit with his musician friends, or visit the Free Press bookstore.And of course, as a young teenager, he would hang out at KRLA, the Pasadena station that brought the Beatles to the Hollywood Bowl in the summer of 1964. The station was located in the lobby of what is now the Langham Hotel on Oak Knoll, and teenagers would gather at what was called “the green porch” which overlooked the studio itself. Hendrie was a “green porch kid,” spending long afternoons, skateboard in hand, watching the DJs spin records and talk to what seemed like the entire world.Wheels were turning in his head.“I knew I wanted to be a writer,” he said. “I read Dylan Thomas, I read Jack Kerouac, of course. He was really my main guy during this time. I loved the beatniks, all of that scene. Shortly, after high school, I hitchhiked to San Francisco, you know, just to be there, just to soak it in.”And thus his sensibilities were formed, along with a lifelong love of radio, a love which, of course, eventually became shattered like a jilted lover.Suffice to say that Hendrie enjoyed a long career in radio, beginning as a 19-year old DJ in Winter Park, Florida at WBJW. From there it was mostly rock radio stints in Miami, San Diego, Los Angeles, Utica and Fresno, and then back to LA.In 1990, while at KVEN in Ventura, near Channel Islands where he currently lives, Hendrie first began to explore the idea of creating make-believe talk show participants on a make-believe talk show. His first one, Raj Fahneen, was an Iraqi-American who would call in to the station in support of Saddam Hussein.Try to imagine the reaction.Phil took the show, now on KFI, to a syndicated national audience, and the phenomenon was born. And while his audience grew, Hendrie always knew that this was a seriously acquired taste, and not for the casual listener. He created his cast, which now numbers in the dozens, and then created completely absurd situations for them to live in, delivered with a completely straight face.Callers would flood the phone lines, outraged at grocer Robert Green of Frasier Foods, suing the young child he hit with his Hummer, or Citizen’s Auxiliary Police officer Jay Santos taking “simulated” law enforcement to a new low level.In 2013, following a painful ten-year association with Talk Radio Network (TRN), Hendrie took advantage of the rise of the digital age, and created his own podcast. No more networks, no more bosses, just Hendrie and his legion of fans.These days those fans are spitting coffee through their noses at Corona general contractor Steve Bozell, determined to sue his young daughter and her puppy, after it peed on him in front of a neighbor, and “humiliating him personally.” Bozell is only one of dozens of Hendrie’s characters always ready to burst into tears at the slightest prodding.“With (Bozell), it’s the combination of anger and fear, in completely absurd situations,” says Hendrie. “There was a kid in my school, Chris Burns, who was always crying…” Hendrie scrunches up his face.“Waddya trying to do, Hendrie?!”“I only tackled you.”“No you didn’t! You practically ripped my head off!,” Phil remembers, heaving with laughter.Which brings us back to his show cast, most of whom are hilarious and unreasonable.Of the handful of characters who make up his “studio team,” it’s Margaret Gray who is clearly the most complex and fascinating, and darkly hysterical. She is the show’s liberal, and the most easily outraged, spending much of her reports pronouncing words in “the proper French,” even when she is wrong (“It’s ‘mon-KAY,’ Phil, not ‘monkey.’”).“She’s my mother,” Phil explains. “My mother was, at once, this proper and well-spoken woman, and at the same time, entirely inappropriate and disgusting. Margaret would say, (whispering), “I have to take a bowel movement,” and I would be, ‘Do you have to tell me that?’, and then she would be angry at me.“How dare you?!” Margaret will seethe, and then “leave” the studio, only to return in seconds, launching into a quick lecture that would sputter into “Oh, forget it…!” after only a few words.When I asked him about General Shaw, the cantankerous ex-military man, angry about everything every morning, he casually broke into the character’s voice, to explain him. It was astonishing. It was like sitting with your favorite performer or actor, and mentioning a song or a role, and they suddenly go into it, right at the table. As a more than casual fan, it was thrilling to me.Hendrie is so many memorable characters that the effect is intoxicating when they begin to rapidly interact and engage with each other. On the morning when I drove to Ventura for our interview, Hendrie had created a situation where the characters had simply gotten out of control, jawing back and forth, threatening and insulting until finally Hendrie says, “Enough! Or I’m throwing you all out of the studio.”One by one, at lightning speed, each character—Gray, Shaw, Leonard, and Dickman—says, “I’m sorry,” The effect was astonishing. I could see each one, seated around a table, heads bowed—all a creation of Hendrie’s mind.“What you’re hearing is Phil Hendrie, completely in the moment, but bouncing off the walls within that moment,” is the best way he can explain it.Thusly, each podcast centers around a guest and a topic, the more absurd the better, from astronomer Dr. Jim Sadler, angry that Stephen Hawking’s joke gets published in the astrophysicists monthly newsletter and not his, or Jay Santos and his amateur police buddies playing “grab ass” in an upstate New York parking lot, while state prison escapees run loose nearby.To simply describe all the characters who appear and re-appear would be exhausting, but they range from Mavis Leonard, Robert’s conservative African-American aunt, who is campaigning for Donald Trump, to “Ted” of Ted’s of Beverly Hills” steakhouse, whose slogan is a a touch too racy for a family publication.“I really try to plan the voices out for every show,” says Hendrie, switching voices as he speaks, “so if I have Bobbie on the show, I try not to have Clara Bingham, since they are very similar. I can have Bobbie and Margaret on the show, even though they are somewhat similar, they’re in different registers. And then I’ll have (football coach) Vernon Dozier on the show, since his voice is really different. And then I can throw Dr. Jim Sadler in as well.”To listen to the Hendrie podcast is to be dropped into a boiling pot of water, with each cast member disagreeing how how the water is, and threatening to leave it at anytime—absurd and hilarious, sprinkled with a dose of reality, five days a week.The World of Phil Hendrie is available on iTunes. www.philhendrieshow.com. 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SpVVK/iStock(STANFORD, Calif.) — An external investigation commissioned by Stanford University found that the ringleader of the nationwide “Operation Varsity Blues” college admission scam tried to lure seven of the Northern California school’s coaches into the scheme, but only one took the bait.In a letter to the Stanford community, university President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said the investigation by a private law firm found that fraudulent actions in the school’s athletic admissions were limited to its former head sailing coach, John Vandemoer, who has pleaded guilty to his role in the scandal.“We commissioned this review to identify any fraudulent actions in athletic admissions that had not already been identified at Stanford and to strengthen our internal controls in order to assure the integrity of our systems at the intersection of admissions and athletics,” Tessier-Lavigne wrote in the letter.He said the probe, by the New York law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, found that William “Rick” Singer, the college admissions consultant who mastermind the years-long scam, contributed $770,000 to the university, most of it to the sailing program.Tessier-Lavigne said the money will be redistributed to organizations helping financially strapped high school students prepare for college admission.Federal prosecutors announced in March that 50 wealthy people, including Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin and a slew of chief executives, were charged in the largest college cheating scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.Those indicted in the investigation allegedly paid bribes of up to $6.5 million to Singer to get their children into elite colleges, including Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.Singer, who owned a college counseling service called Key Worldwide Foundation and a company called Edge College & Career Network, accepted bribes totaling $25 million from parents between 2011 and 2018 “to guarantee their children’s admission to elite schools,” federal prosecutors said.Prosecutors said Singer bribed several coaches at multiple universities into helping him get students from wealthy families into their schools by saying they were recruits for sports teams despite most having never participated in organized athletics in high school.Singer pleaded guilty in a Boston federal court in March to charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. He has yet to be sentenced.“Singer directly or indirectly approached seven Stanford coaches about potential recruits between 2009 and 2019,” Tessier-Lavigne said in his letter. “The review found no evidence that any employee of Stanford Athletics other than the former head sailing coach agreed to support a Singer client in exchange for a financial consideration.”Vandemoer, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering. He was sentenced in June in Boston federal court to six months of home detention and two years of supervised release. He also was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.Tessier-Lavigne said the law firm that conducted the external probe for the university interviewed more than 55 people and reviewed more than 35,000 records.The two students for whom Vandemoer accepted bribes were never admitted to Stanford.The university also rescinded the admission of another student caught up in the scam who included false information on an admission application, Tessier-Lavigne said. That student was not associated with Vandemoer’s case.In addition to conducting the external probe for Stanford, the law firm recommended several steps the university could take to fortify its admissions process against fraud.Among the recommendations were:• Adopt a formal written policy codifying the school’s approach to donations and athletic recruits• Require the school’s development officers to independently verify the source and purpose of donations to the athletic department• Require coaches to flag to the admissions and office of development athletic recruits associated with third-party recruiters or consultantsOther recommendations include enhancing training for coaches on the school’s fundraising process and clarifying that fundraising results are not considered part of a coach’s performance evaluation.“Stanford embraces these recommendations and will be moving swiftly to implement them,” Tessier-Lavigne said. “Taken together, these steps provide for clearer policies, more training, fuller communication and stronger vetting that will serve as a bulwark against fraudulent efforts in the future.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesBY: SAMARA LYNN, ABC NEWS (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — As the Kentucky Derby is set to get underway Saturday afternoon, the city of Louisville is bracing for anticipated protests from far-right activists and those calling for justice in the aftermath of Breonna Taylor’s fatal shooting by Louisville, Kentucky, police.So far, counter-protesters are gathering near Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby is held, for what they call a “patriotic event” and plan to march from an area park to a courthouse.Several Louisville officials have weighed on on the city’s plans for protests.Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer posted on Twitter that “since protests began we’ve seen rumors & misinformation circulating on social media, causing unnecessary worry. [Louisville Metro Police] has a plan and is ready for Kentucky Derby day.”The city of Louisville posted its plans for dealing with protests on Derby Day on its official website. In the statement, the city said it “fully supports First Amendment rights” but “If activities become unlawful, LMPD has plans in place and is prepared to handle the situation.”“If people are blocking traffic, creating dangerous conditions on our roadways or trespassing on private property against the wishes of the property owner, the police will cite and/or arrest them. Anyone committing violence or vandalism will be arrested,” the statement reads.Since Taylor’s death on March 13, when she was shot after three undercover Louisville officers, Myles Cosgrove, Brett Hankison and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, executed a no-knock warrant at the apartment she shared with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, Louisville and other cities across the nation have become hotbeds of protests and counter-protests.In July, three members of an armed militia were shot in an apparent accident at a protest calling for justice for Taylor in Louisville.In June, Steven Nelson Lopez who was reported as having a history of mental illness and homelessness, allegedly opened fire into a crowd of protesters in Louisville, Kentucky’s, Jefferson Square Park. 27-year-old Tyler Gerth was killed.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved
Home » News » Housing Market » Static lending rates may fuel house prices previous nextHousing MarketStatic lending rates may fuel house pricesUK home prices expected to rise next year after Bank of England shies away from early 2016 rate increase.The Negotiator13th November 20150537 Views Residential property prices in the UK will almost certainly continue to rise next year after the Bank of England implied the first interest rate rise may not happen before 2017, according to Savills.With borrowing costs set to remain low, the company forecasts that UK home prices will rise by an average of 17 per cent over the next five years, led by gains in the South East of the country, with an increase of 21.6 per cent, while properties in the North East will appreciate by only 12 per cent over the period, Savills said.The forecasts are based on interest rates staying below 4.5 per cent, but it is now expected that the base rate may only increase to 0.75 per cent in around 2017.“If interest rates rise too quickly, mainstream house price growth will be quickly be curtailed,” said Lucian Cook (left), Head of UK Residential Research for Savills. “On the flip side, if rates remain low for too long, there is a risk that prices will rise too far, creating affordability issues further down the line.”Property prices in London, which have increased more than other parts of the UK in recent years, are expected to rise by 15.3 per cent, with lower value outer London boroughs offering ‘greater remaining capacity for house price growth’ than higher value parts of the capital, according to Savills.A separate report released by haart projects that the top end of the property market, particularly in London, will see a price correction in 2016 because of the impact of stamp duty, consisting of a 10 per cent drop in value for homes over £1 million.However, with no real improvement in levels of property stock expected next year, the firm predicts that home prices in the core UK property market will rise by up to 10 per cent next year.“On paper it will look like a tale of two countries as London will see an increase of around three to four per cent due to the top-end market correction,” said Paul Smith (right), CEO at haart estate agents.He added, “There are around 29 buyers chasing every property listing and an abundance of mortgage providers but the problem remains a lack of appropriate stock. Unless the government takes drastic action to drive either private or public sector house building the situation is not likely to improve next year.”house prices housing market 2016 rate increases residential property prices satic lending rates UK home prices November 13, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021
View post tag: ship View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: Iraq View post tag: partnership View post tag: 55 Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Commander, Task Force 55 Ship Visits Iraq Strengthening Partnership View post tag: Force Share this article USA: Commander, Task Force 55 Ship Visits Iraq Strengthening Partnership A Commander, Task Force (CTF) 55 ship conducted the first port visit since the end of Operation New Dawn, and the last port visit of 2011 in Umm Qasr, Iraq, Dec. 21.Island-Class Patrol Boat USCGC Adak (WPB-1333), assigned to CTF 55, was the first U.S. military ship to visit Iraq following the official end of the war, as a theater security cooperation engagement between the two countries.U.S. Coast Guard and Navy patrol ships, assigned to CTF 55, participated in monthly port visits to Iraq throughout 2011, to strengthen professional working relationships, maintain open lines of communication and foster a strong sense of partnership between the two nations.The visit provided an opportunity for U.S. Coast Guardsmen to provide training to their Iraqi counterparts on voyage planning, navigation and towing. Iraqi Navy sailors toured Adak, then received hands-on training in towing and navigation from Adak’s crew. Coast Guardsmen also had the opportunity to visit Iraqi patrol boats and interact with their crews.“I am encouraged to see continued engagements between our maritime forces,” says Lt. Shawn Deweese, commanding officer of Adak. “Adak was part of the strategic withdrawal of Coast Guard training and advisory personnel from Iraq in August of this year. We are pleased to be afforded the opportunity to return and provide training as maritime professionals and continue promoting maritime cooperation between our countries.”Military-to-military engagements are designed to enhance levels of cooperation and interoperability, enhance mutual maritime capabilities, and promote long-term regional stability and security.“I am extremely proud of Adak’s success during their latest Umm Qasar, Iraq port visit,” said USCG Captain Cameron Naron, commodore, Patrol Forces Southwest Asia. “Their thorough preparation, professionalism, and flexibility contributed significantly to continued successful military-to-military cooperation with the Iraqi Navy.”Through theater security cooperation engagements, U.S. maritime forces continue to strengthen the partnership with the Iraqi Navy, while assisting both forces to build capability, collaboration, and professionalism.Adak is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 25, 2011 View post tag: Strengthening View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Commander View post tag: visits View post tag: Task December 25, 2011 View post tag: Navy
IL for www.theindianalawyer.comHundreds of former ITT Tech students in Indiana will find some ease from their student loans now that millions have been secured in a national legal settlement to cover their debt.Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced Thursday that the Hoosier state is set to receive $5.4 million in debt relief for 602 former ITT Technical Institute students in Indiana. More than $168 million has been secured for more than 22,000 former ITT students nationwide.A settlement was agreed upon between Indiana, 44 other attorneys general and Student CU Connect CUSO, LLC, which offered loans to finance students’ tuition at ITT Tech. The school filed for bankruptcy in 2016, closing all 130 ITT campuses in 38 states, leaving nearly 40,000 students and 8,000 employees empty-handed.“Protecting Indiana families is our top priority,” Hill said in statement. “This settlement holds CUSO accountable for its participation with ITT in subjecting ITT students to abusive lending practices, and it provides relief to hundreds of Indiana students who attended ITT Tech and incurred massive debts for an education and loans they could not repay nor discharge.”Attorneys generals collectively alleged that ITT, with CUSO’s knowledge, offered students temporary credit upon enrollment to cover tuition gaps between federal student aid and their full education costs. That credit was due to be repaid by the following academic year, but student complaints revealed they thought the temporary credit was like a federal loan and would not be due until six months post-graduation.The attorney generals further alleged that both ITT and CUSO knew the students would be unable to make their payments on time, Hill said. Students said they felt pressured by the school to accept the loans after being pulled out of class and threatened with possible expulsion if they did not accept the loan terms.Neither ITT nor CUSO made students aware of what the true cost of repayment for the TC would be until after the credit was converted to a loan, Hill said.Pursuant to the settlement, CUSO has agreed to forgo collection of the former students’ outstanding loans and will cease operations. The settlement further requires CUSO to supply Credit Reporting Agencies with information to update credit information for affected borrowers. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Evansville’s new state of the art indoor pool now has an official name. It’s called the “Deaconess Aquatic Center.” The 28.4 million dollar project will replace the city’s aging Lloyd pool.Earlier this week, plans for Evansville’s new pool were unveiled, and today it was named the Deaconess Aquatic Center. The indoor aquatic center will feature competitive swimming lanes, a diving area, and a place for people to learn how to swim. Officials at Deaconess say they hope their 2.5 million dollar investment will help battle obesity and improve their health.“Part of our mission at Deaconess is to promote the health and well being of the community, and we think this project is on target for that,” says Deaconess CEO, Shawn McCoy.There have been several big projects unveiled in the city recently, and the mayor says this is one more example of how Evansville is thriving and growing.“It’s a quality of life statement. We know we need to replace Lloyd pool. It’s 43 years old. It’s beyond making major investments going forward, so we know we have to replace it. So the fact that we have a funding mechanism in an underserved area that will also compliment this multimillion streetscape project,” Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.This project alone will cost 28.4 million dollars, and the city is making a 10.2 million dollar down payment.“We’ll take about four million dollars from Jacobsville cash that’s accumulated, and that would be applied toward the down payment and then going forward on an annual basis to service the debt, we’ll use approximately 900 thousand dollars for debt services from Jacobsville tiff.” Deaconess Aquatic Center Coming To Garvin ParkSEPTEMBER 7TH, 2018 JOYLYN BUKOVAC EVANSVILLE, INDIANA FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail